Horse Heaven Hills
The 2015 vintage was HOT, HOT, HOT! Following a mild winter, the growing season started in late March with early heat and vine development. The hot temperatures continued until harvest which was about 2 weeks earlier than usual. Although abnormally hot the vines produced beautiful fruit. The Malbec was harvested on September 5th from McKinley Springs. The wine has intense flavors, beautiful color & excellent balance.
This wine is ruby red in the glass with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and blueberry. These black and blue flavors come together with Bing cherry tones, juicy plum, hints of cedar and our signature mocha; finished by a round, full palate, balanced yet vibrant acidity, and soft tannins.
The 2015 Horse Heaven Hills Malbec is 100% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from our vines at McKinley Springs Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills. It was aged in 100% one vintage old French oak for 23 months. Ready to drink now but will age beautifully for 5-7 years. The alcohol by volume is 13.9%. It was bottled July 2017.
WinePress NW Platinum Tasting Dr. Joe Gunselman began driving from his Spokane winery to the Horse Heaven Hills for Platinum-winning grapes a decade ago. He’s back to McKinley Springs Vineyard for this Malbec. Nope of the four French barrels in this lot were new oak, and that shows. Black fruits on the nose pave the way for this finely balanced Malbec. Full-bodied and intensely structured, black plum, blackberry and bay leaf accents with a nice underlay of oak. It’s powerful with a firm backbone of tannins while showing off smooth texture and gracefulness; approachable now, yet also cellar-worthy.
Double Platinum, WinePress NW Platinum Tasting
Gold Medal, Seattle Wine Awards